Historian to compile book on Lenox

David Sadler, Canastota village historian has agreed to compile a picture book on the town of Lenox.

Arcadia Publishing contacted Sadler asking for his help with its "Images of America" book series. Other books in Madison County and surrounding counties have already been published for the series.

Sadler will gather between 180 to 240 photos from the late 1800s to the 1930s and possibly 1940s.

"Something along those lines," Sadler said, "around the time of the second division in 1896 when the town of Lincoln, town of Oneida and town of Lenox were formed."

The books are roughly 128 longs and include mostly photos with around 50 word captions. The villages of Canastota and Wampsville will be included in the book but Sadler said he needs the publics help.

"Some people have photos that have never been published," Sadler said. "The lock in South Bay, I would like that photo. And the Albanese Building that was built in 1933 and is now the Chinese restaurant. I don't have that photo."

Of course the photos would be scanned and given back to the original owners. Sadler would just like to include all of the townships history when compiling information. The photos owner will be credited in the book.

Arcadia will market and distribute the book with an initial distribution of 1,200 copies. Sadler will be available for book signings and hopes it will be complete by the Boxing Hall of Fame's Induction Weekend.

Sadler will receive an 8 percent royalty from the sale of the books and plans to donate the proceeds to the Canastota Canal Town Museum.

Sadler is also the historian for the town of Stockbridge and research historian for the town of Lenox. He serves as a trustee for the Association of Public Historians of New York State.

For more information or to contribute to the book, call Sadler at 697-6169.

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